Jun 10 2010

You guys are amazing – TAM goal reached!

It was brought to my attention that the ChipIn widget wasn’t updating, but it doesn’t matter – you guys obliterated my goal! I went to bed soon after making the fundraising post at 2:30am, and upon waking up at 10:30am you all had donated $1,562.

Holy fuckballs.

I’m seriously tearing up. I put a low goal for fundraising since I felt guilty enough asking, and thought maybe I could raise a couple hundred bucks, hoping that any little bit would help. Now I feel bad for underestimating the generosity of effectively strangers. It’s moderately terrifying to imagine what would happen if that post went up now, instead of in the middle of the night.

I took the ChipIn widget down since I now have plenty of money for TAM. Like I said, anyone who donated $50 or more will get an autographed copy of The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas once the American version (with me!) comes out in November. I’ll use some of this extra money to defray the cost of buying and shipping books. And any money that’s remaining after that I’ll donate to the Secular Student Alliance to start off my Blogathon charity fundraiser in July.

If you still want to donate out of the goodness of your heart and to support this blog, I’ve added a PayPal button in the right column. But more importantly, THANK YOU! I seriously can’t express how appreciative I am. Maybe size 60 font and animated sparkles would get the point across, but I’ll spare you. Seriously, you all have only confirmed that I have the most wonderful readers ever! I love you guys .

Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go dance around naked. Weeeeeee!


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  1. 1

    Soooo, does you dancing around naked mean we should keep a weather eye out for earthquakes today?

  2. 2

    F1r57! ;)Congrats! Personally I’d thought a little like you, and so I’m mildly surprised (‘though I’d great hopes in the community).So – have a nice time out there! The money isn’t something you’ve to worry about at this time ;)

  3. 3

    I am SO not surprised you hit your goal so soon! More power to ya!I think your plan to donate any excess to Secular Student Alliance is inspired. Thanks so much!

  4. 4

    Damn, you’re the f1r57 ;)Reports from Isny (Baden-W├╝rttemberg): Weather fine (sun’s out and I’m sweating like a whale on a beach) and no quakes at the moment – I’ll report changes immediately ;)

  5. 5
    Philip Pangrac

    Damn, I could have saved my ten bucks :p Treat yourself to a soda on your flight there, then.And on the subject of Blogathon, it sounds like something fun to do, but my blog doesn’t have any regular readers. You have any tips on how to get people to sponsor you?

  6. 6

    I wondered what happened there. The widget disappeared right after I donated. :-)

  7. 7
    The naked atheist

    Well done, and you reached the target before I could find an way round the Paypal problem too!You’re obviously more popular than you imagined.

  8. 8

    maybe you could come to TAM LONDON?!

  9. 9

    I’m so happy for you! You are truly appreciated by your readers. I find your humility touching as well.

  10. 10
    cognitive dissident

    “I’m going to go dance around naked. Weeeeeee!”Pics or it didn’t happen…;-)

  11. 11

    Holy Crap! That was fast. I think it’s about time I start my own blog *rubs his hands sinister..ly*Congrats and hope you have fun at TAM!

  12. 12
    Ian Andreas Miller

    Macta virtute esto! Congratulations!

  13. 13

    Giant TAM hug in 4…3….2…

  14. 14

    Well, I didn’t even know about this, or I would have sent a few bucks. They’d be Canadian dollars, but I guess they still count. I’ll make a donation over the next couple weeks, and make an additional one for Blogathon.

  15. 15
    Ashley F. Miller

    Remind me to get a large readership so someday I can afford to go to TAM.

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    Hugo Grinebiter

    That’s amazing. When you’re Lord Protectress of the World, could you organise an internet payment system that does not involve bank accounts and credit cards at all? (I don’t care how vehemently they claim to be secure, I simply don’t trust them; money leaves my bank accounts only on presentation of my ugly mug at the counter.) The mobile-phone people can do it, when you buy a card from the newsagent for dead-trees money and then read off a zekret number, the same principle ought to work here.

  17. 17
    The Artful Nudger

    Hey, the Mighty Loonie has been holding its own against the greenback of late.

  18. 18

    I’m keeping my word about giving you a nights worth of my tips. P.S. I’ll wear an awesome boob shirt in your honor. Perhaps it will increase my chances at having an excellent tip night. It’s for a good scientific cause after all. :)

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    Improbable Joe

    See, you should have done the nekkid dancing first, as it would have probably upped your take by an order of magnitude. You could have skipped a plane ticket and driven a new car to TAM.

  20. 20

    And I hope when you make it to the big time you’re able to help the next generation of people who stop and make us think to do sometihng worthwile!

  21. 21
    Ian Andreas Miller

    “Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go dance around naked. Weeeeeee!”It’s Naked Time?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  22. 22
    Ashley F. Miller

    This was always my favorite from the PPP musical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…Though I do love the potions song as well…

  23. 23
    Ian Andreas Miller

    Ha ha, jolly good!

  24. 24

    Don’t forget to post your presentation (or what portions they will let you) for those of us who cannot just take a random weekend off in vegas.

  25. 25
    Anna Jobsis

    Glad you made your goal, but not surprised! Kick butt @ TAM. :) I’ll also donate a few bucks to your site, cos it’s full of awesome.

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    Kristin C

    I like that suggestion! Anyway, glad to be of help Jen:D

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